Noosa Pengari Steiner School Newsletter Issue #19 Summer - 14 December 2015
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Newsletter Issue # 19 Summer - 20 December 2015

Full Term Dates 2016

Term 1: (9 weeks) 27 Jan - 24 Mar
Pre-Prep (9 weeks) 27 Jan - 24 Mar

Term 2:  (10 weeks) 12 Apr - 17 Jun
Pre-prep (11 weeks) 11 Apr - 24 Jun

Term 3:  (10 weeks) 12 Jul - 16 Sep
Pre-prep (10 weeks) 11 Jul - 16 Sep

Term 4:  (9 weeks) 5 Oct - 2 Dec
Pre-prep (10 weeks) 4 Oct - 9 Dec
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  1. Office Angels News
  2. News from the Finance Desk
  3. School Advent Festival 2015
  4. Class 8 Play - Romeo & Juliet
  5. Class 11 Camp
  6. Class 7 Camp
  7. Preschool End of Year
  8. Class 9 Camp
  9. Class 4 Play
  10. Football Report
  11. School Gardening & Canteen
  12. Primary School End of Year Music
  13. High School End of Year Music
  14. High School End of Year FUN Day
  15. Parent Education
  16. Community Notices
  17. Steiner/Anthroposophic Links

Office Angels News
  • Here is the last Newsletter for 2015 with a rundown the many things that happened in the final couple of weeks of term.  We wish the school community a joyful, fun and safe Summer holiday - see you in 2016!
  • ACCOMMODATION NEEDED:  Next year John Burnett will be returning to NPSS to work with our staff, and will be requiring accommodation.   The dates for which accommodation is required are:  27 January to 2nd March; and 11th April to 29th April. If anyone has any options or suggestions, please let us know. During his time at NPSS, a vehicle for his use would be useful too, if anyone has a spare one available.
  • EUMUNDI TWILIGHT MARKETS:  FINAL EVENING MARKET 18th December, 5pm start. Come and make some delightful Christmas craft at the school's stall.
  • NOOSA PENGARI ON FACEBOOK: The school's Facebook page often contains news & photos that don't make the Newsletter. Have a look at our page & "like" the page to see our updates in your newsfeed. NPSS on Facebook
  • SCHOOL COMMUNITY DIRECTORY:   School Community Directory  If you would like your business or service included in the School Community Directory, please send brief details of what you offer, contact information and a website link if you have one to:
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 News From the Finance Desk
From Leslee Penno
In 2016 school fees will be invoiced in full at the start of the school year.  A monthly payment plan will be included on each statement sent to parents.  The school’s preferred method of payment is by Direct Debit & the forms for this can be downloaded from the school website here:  Fees & Payments PAGE  
Full School Fee details for 2016 can be found in this link:  School Fees 2016
If you have any questions regarding your account, please contact Leslee via email:
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School Advent Festival 2015

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Class 8 Play - Romeo & Juliet


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Class 11 Camp
From Ian Hamilton, Outdoor Education co-ordinator
In week 8 Class 11 headed out to Slickers in Ocean View for a Horse Riding camp on a 1000 acre property with hundreds of trails. On day one we climbed one of the many Glass House Mountain peaks and then set up our base camp on a ridgeline overlooking the Pacific Ocean to the East and the Glasshouse Mountains to the North. Day 2 saw class 11 learn basic horsemanship skills and do a short ride in searing heat. On day 3 we did an adventure ride around the property and got back to camp for a swim and paddle in the dam. Day 4 was the winery tour with a horse ride through all sorts of hills, dales and creek crossings. We had lunch at the Ocean View winery and then turned our horses round for a 2 hour ride home with trotting and cantering throughout the trip.  Our last day was spent with another early morning swim in the dam followed by packing up camp and then a short walk in D’ Aguilar National Park before returning to School. We all enjoyed connecting with the horses and telling stories round the fire while sharing our meals. Many thanks to Trish for her care and guidance of Class 11 throughout the camp.

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Class 7 Camp


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Preschool End of Year

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Class 9 Camp
From Ian Hamilton, Outdoor Education co-ordinator
In week 4 of Term 4, Class 9 headed out on their 3rd and final camp for the year. It was a canoeing camp on Lake Cootharaba and up the Noosa River. It was a wild experience as the 9’s attempted to get all their gear in the canoes and keep it dry. The weather was wild with storm after storm, thankfully most of them being later at night after we were tucked away in our waterproof tents. The lightning and thunder of the first night ensured noone got much sleep on the first night.
Day 3 was spent on the lake with a long and beautiful paddle and wade up to Harry’s Hut. On day 3 the weather settled a little as we made our way up the river. The girls camped at campsite 4 and the boys at campsite 5 and it was a good chance to check in with where we were on our collective journeys. Day 4 was by far our most relaxing- or “chillin” day and we found time for a few games and a late afternoon "sit spot". By Friday everyone was paddling so well the whole group stayed very much together and we finished our paddle at Elanda Point at 1.00pm.
Many thanks to Jono and Cinda for their great support and skill during the whole trip. Well done Class 9 on completing your third camp in style.

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Class 4 Play   

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Football/Soccer Team

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School Gardening & Canteen
From Sarah Lees-Barton, Gardening & Cooking Teacher
The gardens have been put to sleep with green manure crops for the summer season and it is with wonder that I look back at my first year here and reflect on the fantastic things that have happened. Firstly the creation of the garden itself, which supplied abundant crops all year, the health of the garden reflecting the love and care students put into nurturing their garden plots. The building of a chicken pen by class 3 and the establishment of worm farms, bee hives, compost piles, seed banks (there as so many seeds, its unbelievable!), and the amazing geodesic dome created by the class 10’s which now is used as our outdoor classroom and the cooking program which turned the produce into delicious feasts. Some highlights from the garden… the biodynamic preparation spraying (thanks Rob Burse), nature walks with Alexander, the working bee filled with many hands to help create the space, seaweed collecting, harvesting potatoes, class 7 building garden beds, and the general enthusiasm displayed by the children. On behalf of Alexander and I, we wish you a happy holiday and many thanks for your support throughout the year.  Cannot wait to see what we can grow and create next year.
I would like to thank the following people for making the school canteen program such a success this term. Meg, Alison, Nikkie, Alana and class 7 for preparing, cooking and serving and the beautiful office girls for the collecting of orders and logistics.  It was such a great experience, to see the children faces light up when they received their weekly meal was priceless. And the smells wafting out of the tuckshop on Wednesday mornings was smelt through out the school.  Best selling meal was nachos with 130 servings going out in week 7 (WOW!).  After a successful trial, I am happy to announce the school canteen will continue next year. More to follow in the year to come.

Many thanks for your support and happy holidays. Sarah
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Primary School End of Year Music

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High School End of Year Music

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High School End of Year FUN Day




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Parent Education
  • FAMILY ADVENT FESTIVAL 2015:  Please join us in the Eurythmy Room for the four Sundays of Advent. FINAL DAY OF ADVENT Sunday 20th Dec 3pm  Further information is provided in the flyer: ADVENT 2015
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Community Notices 
Aceda Rose's (Class 6) request for clothes, books and toys for Harmony Place in Yeronga, Brisbane, to aid new refugee arrivals in Australia has been overwhelmingly successful. Thanks hugely to all those in the Noosa Pengari community who have made contributions, our home is bulging at the seams with boxes full of donations.
We'll feel like Santa making the delivery.
So great has been the response that we have no way of getting the stuff to Brisbane. We have a car/wagon, but there are many, many boxes of items, so we are asking if someone has a van they could donate for the day - we can drive or the owner can - so we can get the donations to the recipients by Christmas.
If anyone can help, pls call Clare on 0468 840 419
Also, an update on the cupcake drive to raise some funds for Harmony Place from a few weeks ago: $300! So, thanks to all who made, bought and ate...
I'm sure the new refugee arrivals here, after such a journey, will feel a bit more welcome through our school community's efforts.
Happy Christmas all
Aceda, James and Clare

One day veil painting & charcoal workshop, Saturday 19th December 9.30am - 3.30pm at Sunspace Cafe.  Full details in the Art as Painting FLYER
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Steiner/Anthroposophic Links
Moreton Bay Birali Steiner School

Steiner Education Australia

Steiner Education Australia supports, advocates, promotes and represents the free and healthy development of Steiner education in contemporary, diverse contexts. SEA is the peak body representing member schools throughout the states and territories of Australia.
Sydney Rudolf Steiner College
What's on for 2016 - Enrolment for 2016 courses now open: Early Childhood Courses; Distance Education; Advanced Diploma of Rudolf Steiner Education
Brisbane Branch of the Anthroposophical Society in Australia
Staying Connected - October 2015
Rudolf Steiner Studies Newsletter
Keeping the light alive!  Monthly articles demonstrating Rudolf Steiner's relevance to today's world - November 2015
European Network of Steiner Waldorf Parents.
Waldorf Today
A link to a new article in every Newsletter.

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